Chemical Free Home

A Toxic Free Home – Thieves Household Cleaner

 

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Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate. For most all-purpose cleaning, dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. That breaks down to one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate = about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each) for about 88 cents a bottle. That’s cheaper than most all-natural cleaners on the market.

Dilution Ratios

  • All-purpose cleaning – 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Heaving degreasing –  15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Light degreasing –  60 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Glass and windows – 50-100 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner

 

My top 10 favorite ways to clean with Thieves Household Cleaner.

1. Refrigerator and kitchen appliances

For kitchen appliances, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cups of water. Clean stovetops, ovens, microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, mixers, etc. To clean the interior of a microwave, fill a microwave safe container with 2 cups of water. Place in microwave and heat for 5-10 minutes and Voila!  The steam will make it easy to clean up food and food particles.

For refrigerator, remove all items from the refrigerator. Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Clean the outside of the fridge, including top, doors, and exterior water and ice areas.

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2. Light fixtures and Ceiling fans

First, dust light fixtures, blades and bowls. I like to use an old pillow case and open it up, insert the fan blade in it and gentles pull it off trapping all the yuck inside the pillow case. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean fixtures, blades, glass bowls, etc. to remove dirt and sticky residue.

3. Sinks, countertops, tile, grout, kitchen pantry, bathroom vanity, cupboards, inside drawers, and under sinks

For sinks and counters,  mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray sinks, countertops and backsplash and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime. If sinks are dirty or stained, try adding some baking soda for a natural soft scrub cleanser.

For grout add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to get stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed or add baking soda for a little tougher scrub.

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4. Toilets 

To clean inside toilets, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to a toilet brush. Clean inside of toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before flushing.

To clean outside of toilets, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray outside of toilet, flusher knob, on top and underneath toilet seat to naturally clean.

5. Windows, window sills and mirrors

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4-5 cups of water.  I like to add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean. Clean windows, sills and mirrors for a sparkling shine.

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6. Walls, outlets, lightswitched, door handles and vents

First, dust all  surfaces. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Use a clothe or sponge to wipe down  walls, outlets, switches, handles and vents to remove dirt and germs.

7. Floors

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 6 cups of water in a bucket and mop floors removing dirt and grim.  I like to use an electric floor cleaner and simply add a capful of Thieves to the water reservoir and clean away.

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8. Carpet and upholstery cleaner

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with about 6 cups of water and add to carpet or steam cleaner. Clean rugs, carpets and upholstery to remove dirt and grime. Be sure to spot test in an inconspicuous location first.

9. Car interior

Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to a 16oz spray bottle. Spray down dashboard, door handles, steering wheel,and mirrors and windows and wipe with a clean clothe or paper towel. Doesn’t get much simpler then that.

10. Baby and kids toys

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray toys, play equipment, train tables, doll houses, toy organizers or shelves, etc. to remove dirt and germs while it cleans naturally.

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Chemical Free Home

A Chemical Free Home – Laundry Soap

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 We have found so many uses for essential oils:  supporting my kids immune systems, supporting muscle function, encourage proper nasal function, maintain healthy lung function, nervous system support during times of stress, support healthy bone structure, helps with muscle pain after exercise, prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with motion,  supporting my  animals in a big way,  soothing after a really tough day. They are versatile and I have found them to save my family literally thousands of $$$$ each year compared to the “old” way we used to support our health. But what about our home??

Introducing Thieves House Hold Products!!!!

Last year Young Living introduces a new product to the Thieves line. LAUNDRY SOAP!!!! Now we can do laundry with Thieves Laundry Soap!   It contains plant-based ingredients, enzymes and essential oils, such as:  Thieves, Jade Lemon, Bergamot, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon and Rosemary.  It gently washes your clothes leaving them clean with a light citrus scent.*  It can be used in ALL washers including high-efficiency machines.  It is a 32 fl. oz. bottle with a (6X) concentrated formula, which will provide soap for 64 loads of laundry!  Awesome right???

But the bottle is so small and the price is so big!!!  That was my first reaction to the Thieves Laundry Soap.  BUT, then I realized it is concentrated and it lasts a VERY long time! Remember you get 64 loads out of that 32oz bottle!!!

REMOVING CHEMICALS FROM OUR HOME

I love using the EWG website to check out the rating of products.  Unfortunately, they do not list Young Living products.  This is however,  because Young Living has proven to be a trustworthy source for natural products. The scary thing is,  one of the products I was using before Young Living became a part of our lives is on the list and received a F.  I was using their whole line of “NATURAL” household products thinking I was doing something good and natural for my family when actually I was using a product that ranked more dangerous then the “regular” products.  SCARY!!   After researching them on this site, I threw them all away and went back to vinegar and baking soda.  It is all natural but I was tired of my house smelling like vinegar.  Now I get to use all natural products and they smell AMAZING! WIN WIN for us!!

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KEEP IN MIND….

Enemy # 1  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a very harsh detergent found in almost all shampoos, detergents and more than a few toothpastes. Pick up a cross section of these products next time you visit the supermarket and you will find Sodium Lauryl Sulphate SLS or Sodium Lauryth Sulphate (SLES)  under the ingredients label. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate started its career as an industrial degreasant and garage floor cleaner. When applied to human skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and then irritating and eroding the skin, leaving it rough and pitted. If you use a face wash with SLS and feel like you have a skin problem (too oily?) SLS may be stripping your skin and you skin overproduces oils to compensate. We avoid this ingredient at all cost !!!

Enemy #2 Petrochemicals are chemicals (monomers) derived from petrol, which as you know comes from oil. If you look at ingredients that make up items in your home, cosmetics that you use and various other products and you see these names then you know that that product contains petrochemicals:

Ethylene
Propylene
Butadiene
Benzene
Toluene
Xylene

These petroleum products are sold and used everyday in every home and nobody puts a label on them:“Warning: this product could be hazardous to your health”. They do it on cigarette boxes and they put moderation notices on alcohol…but why not on these products which are silently disrupting endocrine function and have been proven to cause cancer?

What is the ENDOCRINE SYSTEM?

The endocrine system controls hormones in your body. Hormones control most functions in your body and too much or too little of specific hormones can cause massive problems from learning disabilities through to cancer.

Endocrine disruption happens when something alters this fine balance and one of the major disruptors is petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are responsible for a product called Xenoestrogens which mimics the effect of estrogens in the body. Estrogens are primarily female hormones, although they are found in men too, which work in the brain, bones, liver, heart, uterus, breasts and other tissues. When Xenoestrogens are introduced to the human body they begin to cause these tissues to “receive” more than they need and serious side effects are seen.

Enemy #3 Formaldehyde is used mainly to produce resins used in particleboard products and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals.  Exposure to formaldehyde may occur by breathing contaminated indoor air, tobacco smoke, or ambient urban air.  Acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure to formaldehyde in humans can result in respiratory symptoms, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.  Limited human studies have reported an association between formaldehyde exposure and lung and nasopharyngeal cancer.  Animal inhalation studies have reported an increased incidence of nasal squamous cell cancer. EPA considers formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen.

I could go on and on with this list but I will stop here. All of these ingredients that are not found in Thieves Laundry Soap a long with these too:

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  • DYES
  • PETROCHEMICALS
  • FORMALDEHYDE
  •  PHOSPHATES
  • SYNTHETIC PERFUMES
  • OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

United States Environmental Protection Agency – EPA –  http://www3.epa.gov/airtoxics/hlthef/formalde.html#ref1

Simply Green Living – http://www.simple-green-living.com/petrochemicals.html

Environmental Watch Group  – EWG -http://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/9-Laundry

 

 

 

 

Chemical Free Home

A Toxic Free Clean Home

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As part of our goal to be live a healthier lifestyle, we are trying to remove chemicals from our home.  So for the next couple weeks, I will be posting different ways we have been doing this by removing chemical filled household cleaning products.  From bathroom cleaners to laundry soaps, there are so many ways we have been able to do this with Young Living products.

Here are just a few ways:

This is just a teaser so be sure to follow this blog to learn all the other ways we have removed chemicals from our home.

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If you are interested in turning your home into a Toxic Free – Chemical Free home, here is a great way to start.  The Thieves Premium Starter kit

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Young Living  offer a complete line of home and personal care products infused with the pleasant, spicy aroma of our proprietary Thieves essential oils.

Kit includes:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves Cleaner
  • 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves Spray
  • 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
  • 5-ml Stress Away™
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Here is how you can order. http://younglivingcountrygirl.com/signup/

I would love for you to be a part of my team and start making your home chemical free home.